Museum Founder: Dr. Narvie Puls
DR. NARVIE HILL WILLIAMS PULS WAS BORN IN ATLANTA, GA, APRIL 25, 1933. DR. PULS WAS EDUCATED IN THE ATLANTA SCHOOL SYSTEM. SHE ENTERED SPELMAN AT THE AGE OF 16 AND EARNED A BACHELORS DEGREE. DR. PULS ALSO EARNED A MASTERS FROM ATLANTA UNIVERSITY, A SPECIALIST FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF GA, AND A Ph.D FROM GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY ALL WHILE RAISING TWO CHILDREN, DAWN ANDREA WILLIAMS, AND SON KEVIN HILL WILLIAMS.
DR. PULS' CAREER IN TEACHING SPANNED OVER THIRTY SIX YEARS IN WHICH SHE WAS PRINCIPAL OF SCOTT ELEMENTARY, HUMPHRIES, AND CROGMAN ELEMENTARY. UPON RETIRING IN 1992, DR. NARVIE PULS FOUNDED THE OMENALA GRIOT AFROCENTRIC TEACHING MUSEUM IN THE WEST END OF ATLANTA. OMENALA GRIOT MUSEUM IS A COMMUNITY BASED MUSEUM/ EVENT SPACE WHERE DR. PULS TAUGHT AND STUDIED THE TRUE STORY OF AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY.
DR. NARVIE PULS TRANSITIONED IN 2009. TODAY HER SON, KEVIN HILL WILLIAMS CARRIES THE TORCH AND MAINTAINS HIS MOTHER'S VISION. KEVIN WILLIAMS , A NATIVE OF ATLANTA, STILL MAINTAINS THE IDEALS, CONCEPTS, AND MORAYS PASSED DOWN TO HIM BY HIS MOTHER AND HIS ANCESTORS. AS TIMES CHANGE, SO DOES THE LOOK OF OMENALA-GRIOT MUSEUM, GIVING NEW FOCUS ON ART BY AFRICAN-AMERICANS THAT WILL SHOW THE CREATIVE POWER OF THE AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN DIASPORA.
Museum Director: Kevin Williams
Atlanta native Kevin Williams, born Sept 19, 1954, never thought he would be running the Omenala Griot Afrocentric Museum and Event Center.
After graduating from Marist Military Academy in 1972, Mr. Williams traveled the world with the international singing group UP WITH PEOPLE for four years performing in the royal Albert Hall in London, England, the Arena de Verona in Rome, Italy, as well as the Aaire Crown Theater in Chicago, Illinois. Upon returning to Atlanta, Mr. Williams enrolled in Georgia State University aspiring to become an accountant. After working as store manager for Genesco Inc. and becoming the first African American sales rep for JIM WALTERS PAPER CO, Mr. Williams began working for the Atlanta Board of Education as a plumbers' helper in 1989. In 1995 Mr. Williams enrolled in plumbing school and achieved the position of master plumber II unrestricted by the state of Georgia. Mr. Williams started his own plumbing business and still works with the school system today.
In 1993 Mr. Williams assisted his mother Dr. Narvie Puls and step father Richard Puls. open the Omenala Griot Afrocentric Museum. In 2009 Mr. Williams' beloved mother transitioned, and to this day Mr. Williams carries on his mothers' dream and is the Director and co-owner of the Omenala Griot Afrocentric Museum and Event Center.